Always passionate about the sciences, Susan Fung earned her Ph.D. in Neurobiology from the University of Washington before even thinking about the existence of data science bootcamps. In a recent (and excellent) blog post, she wrote:
"My day to day involved designing experiments and making sure I had ingredients for recipes I needed to make for my experiments to work and scheduling time on shared equipment...I knew for the most part what statistical tests would be appropriate for analyzing those results (when the experiment worked). I was getting my hands dirty doing experiments at the bench (aka wet lab), but the fanciest tools I used for analysis were Excel and proprietary software called GraphPad Prism."
Now a Sr. Data Analyst at Liberty Mutual Insurance in Seattle, the questions become: How did she get there? What caused the shift in professional desire? What obstacles did she face on her journey from academia to data science? How did the bootcamp help her along the way? She explains it all in her post, which you can read in full here.
"Every person that makes this transition has a unique story to tell thanks to that individual's unique set of skills and experiences and the particular course of action taken," she wrote. "I can say this because I listened to a lot of data scientists tell their stories over coffee (or wine). Many that I spoke with also came from academia, but not all, and they would say they were lucky...but I think it boils down to being open to possibilities and talking with (and learning from) others."
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News media has been through a lot of change during the past decade, especially in terms of its forced and jagged transition to digital production. This shift has come with the struggle to get readers to pay for digital subscriptions when free news online is often available with a click. Metis grad Kai-Ray Wang works to boost digital subscriptions at The New York Times as an Analytics Manager on the Consumer Acquisition team. Read his story here.
After 20+ years of working as a senior-level software engineer for companies like Goldman Sachs and Bank of America, Emy Parparita was looking for a change. Read how the bootcamp helped him transition to his current role of Machine Learning Engineer at Quora.